The Federal Government has uncovered its plans to establish regional geriatric centres at tertiary health organizations for clinical care and lengthen free healthcare services to Nigerians over the age of 60 years, in line with the declaration from the Plan of Action on Healthy Ageing simply by 2020.
This was revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari, upon Wednesday, at the first National Peak on Healthy Ageing, saying it really is in a bid to improve health care providers for the aged in the country.
The theme of the summit had been “ Promoting the healthcare plan of the present administration on susceptible populations with focus on the aged”.
According to a push statement released by the director, mass media and public relations at the Federal Ministry of Health, the Minister associated with Health, Isaac Adewole, who displayed the president at the summit, stated the initiatives hoped to extend totally free medical services to people over the age of 6 decades.
According to him, there is a training of healthcare workforce via effective collaboration and technical support associated with international organisations. There would become research on chronic diseases from the aged and community-based health-social assistance.
“ We would make sure that resources and support are provided to allow us achieve the desired results. “ We are aware that some claims give free healthcare services in order to under fives and women, hopefully to extend these services to people older than 60 years.
“ We have to make healthcare services available to our own senior citizens as part of the government appreciation plus social responsibility and a way of identifying their immense contributions to nationwide development, ” he added.
Mr Buhari also advised the Federal Ministry of Wellness to continue with the implementation of health care for the aged programme in addition to giving leadership in their works with states plus development partners.
Previously in his remark, the minister, who had been represented by the Director, Hospital Solutions at the ministry, Joseph Amedu, remarked that the National Policy on Healthful Ageing was the first of its type in Sub-Saharan African and it would certainly serve as a policy model for the supply of healthcare to the aged within Africa.
Adewole pledged that the policy would be integrated into the particular Universal Health Coverage strategy in order to achieve plus sustain healthy aging among countryside and urban geriatric population within Nigeria.
In his tackle, the Chairman, Nigeria Health Organization Chairmen Forum and Chairman, Regulating Board of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Sam Jaja, stated the aim of the summit was to talk about the truth and beauty of healthy aging, with emphasis on geriatric medicine.
Jaja said Nigeria positioned 86th among 96 countries within the global age index 2015, which usually ranked countries by how nicely their older populations were faring. The index covers 91 % of the world population of those outdated 60 and above.